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601 N.W. Wall Street
Bend, OR 97703

Phone: (541) 617-7050
Fax: (541) 617-7083

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The Downtown Bend Library was designed by Thomas Hacker and Associates of Portland, Oregon. The two-story, 38,855-square-foot library opened in 1998 and features exposed beams and high ceilings, complemented with eastward-facing windows, looking over Bend’s civic square.

The library’s large children’s area, located on the ground floor, includes an interactive Early Learning Space. You’ll also find a large community space, the Brooks Room, on the first floor that hosts story times for children as well as cultural programs for teens and adults. The second floor of the library houses teen and adult print and digital materials, as well as public computers, a meeting room, and reading and study spaces. Rotating art exhibitions reflect the talent of the local community. Free WiFi is available throughout the building.

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  • Apr 11 2021

    9:30 AM - Sunday - * Registration Required

    This is a live, interactive meeting. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link prior to the event. Registration closes early.

    This meeting will not be recorded. Participants are invited to share their video and microphones.

    Oh, the places you'll go in this Poetry Playshop with the phrase, "I Remember."

    This deceptively simple prompt loosens memory and propels spontaneity. In this Playshop, we’ll sample the work of poets who’ve used this muscular phrase to great effect. We’ll write with attention to memory and vibrant detail, mix the banal and the revelatory, and travel forward and back in time. Join us for a morning of surprise and unbridled adventurous play. Have a pen and paper at the ready. Open to both fledglings and experienced writers from all genres.

    Krayna Castelbaum, dedicated Poetry Instigator, honors the creative impulse though poetry and the monthly Poetry Playshops she facilitates in Central Oregon. Sources of inspiration include people she serves as a transformational coach, dogs, trees, dreams and mundane objects. Ironic humor, friendship and bird watching sustain her. At present, Krayna is writing a collection of poems based on characters from The Sopranos. Learn more: krayna@clearlenscoaching.com
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  • Apr 11 2021

    4:00 PM - Sunday -

    A link to view this presentation will be available beginning April 11 at 4:00 p.m.

    We want to hear from you: please fill out this short survey https://conta.cc/2WjLWoT.

    Join Ben Lawson, the director of Redmond High School’s jazz band, for music, memories and the meaning of being a part of a jazz band.

    Nora, the protagonist in Laila Lalami’s The Other Americans is a musician and composer. As a student, Nora was a member of her high school’s jazz band. For her, jazz band provided a creative outlet as well as a community. Like Nora, the student musicians in Ben Lawson’s jazz band are motivated not only by music, but also by each other. Being a part of the jazz band requires commitment (pre-covid, they met during 0 period … before 1st period) and the love of being a part of a musical team. During this presentation, Mr. Lawson shares some performances from the group as well as memories from some of the outstanding musicians that he has mentored over the years. *ani* *oo*

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  • Apr 12 2021

    6:00 PM - Monday -

    Listen to a local expert to learn tips and techniques for discussing racism, discrimination and bulling with the children in your life.

    "Front Desk" by Kelly Yang, our Youth Novel Idea 2021 relates the story of young Chinese immigrant Mia and her life in America. This novel tells Mia's story through racism, discrimination and bullying. Reading this novel together is the perfect opportunity for parents to have meaningful conversations with their children on these topics. And those conversations can be difficult.

    Whether your child is facing discrimination and racism, or is witnessing it, our presenters will offer tips and tools to help guide parents through these difficult conversations.

    After a presentation there will be an opportunity to ask questions. If you already have questions for our expert, please email them to chandrav@deschuteslibrary.org.

    To access this program, click on the link below.

    Front Desk, the award winning debut middle-grade novel by Kelly Yang tells the story of Mia Tang, who helps her parents manage a motel in Southern California as they pursue their American dream. As they navigate a system hostile to immigrants, they form a community based on trust and love.
    Kelly Yang was born in China and immigrated to America with her parents when she was six years old. She went to college at the age of 13 and law school at the age of 17. After law school, she gave up law to pursue her passion of writing and teaching children writing. She is the founder of The Kelly Yang Project, a leading writing and debating program for kids in Asia.*yani* *zm* *asl*

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  • Apr 13 2021

    10:00 AM - Tuesday -

    This program will be available Tuesdays via YouTube at https://bit.ly/2Yaurca

    Join community librarians for songs, rhymes, stories and fun!

    Experts agree that talking, singing, reading, writing and playing with your young child will prepare them for learning how to read, and will teach them the six skills needed to read. A child who enters kindergarten with a strong vocabulary, a love of books, and a familiarity with playing with words, has a definite advantage. You can help those skills develop with story time!

    For more information about early literacy and how to talk, read, rhyme, play and write with your child, visit: https://www.deschuteslibrary.org/kids/literacy

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  • Apr 13 2021

    2:00 PM - Tuesday -

    Learn about the Central Oregon Health Data website.

    Join us as we introduce the Central Oregon Health Data (COHD) website, a free collection of reputable data for Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, and Northern Klamath Counties, and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. This site offers a detailed look at health, demographics, economic factors and more, at no cost. Learn how to search for data, create custom dashboards, save searches for later or send them to others, and explore projects and priorities in our area.

    The COHD is sponsored by the Central Oregon Health Council, and is brought to you in partnership with local public health, the Central Oregon Research Coalition, and Conduent Healthy Communities.

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  • Apr 13 2021

    5:30 PM - Tuesday -

    This is a live, interactive meeting. Click here to join the program https://zoom.us/j/96577441977?pwd=ZDg3WDdyZWRlbUwyMGhTRXdMc2hCZz09 or click "Join Program" above.

    Meeting passcode: 627633

    A recording will be available after the program.

    High desert author and poet Ellen Waterston discusses how blurring the lines between genres can allow writers more creativity and freedom with their writing.

    High desert author and poet Ellen Waterston will explore what comes first, the chicken (what wants telling) or the egg (the style, genre or form that contains it). Poetry? Prose? Fiction? Nonfiction? What genre, within the medium of writing, and what form, what style within the genre, best befits the message? To what extent does the “message” wag the form and style? With the lines between genres, forms and styles more and more blurry, writers have unlimited creative liberty. A writing prompt will allow participants to experiment with this freedom.

    Ellen Waterston has published four poetry and three literary nonfiction titles, including, most recently, Walking the High Desert: Encounters with Rural America Along the Oregon Desert Trail, University of Washington Press, 2020. Hotel Domilocos, Moonglade Press, 2017 is her most recent collection of poetry. She is founder of the Writing Ranch, which conducts retreats for writers, and of the Waterston Desert Writing Prize, recently adopted as a program of the High Desert Museum. She lives in central Oregon.

    Visit www.writingranch.com and www.waterstondesertwritingprize.org

    The mission of Central Oregon Writers Guild is to provide Central Oregon area writers a forum for mutual support and education through meetings, annual events and workshops. Their goal is to advance growth and success for individual writers of all genres and at all skill levels. Founded in 2002, the Guild is a non-profit organization, where volunteers coordinate the group's activities. *zm*

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  • Apr 14 2021

    12:00 PM - Wednesday -

    Pick up your weekly craft or activity kit for children! Kits will vary by week and are good for preschool aged children. Some will be appropriate for younger ages with heavy parent help.

    Supplies are limited and will be first come, first served.

    All supplies are to be taken home, no crafting will be done in the library.

    Supplies are limited and will be first come, first served.

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  • Apr 14 2021

    5:30 PM - Wednesday -

    Get an online 30-minute consultation with a local lawyer through Zoom conference.

    Lawyers are able to help with general civil-law questions including family law, employment, housing, estate planning and more. We are unable to help with criminal law questions.

    Advance registration is required and appointment times run from 5:30-7:30pm.

    For more information and to register, email lawlibrary@deschuteslibrary.org or call 541-617-7089.

    Spanish interpreters are available with advance notice. Request when registering or call: 541-388-3187.

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    Obtenga una consulta en línea de 30 minutos con un abogado local a través de conferencia por Zoom.

    Los abogados pueden ayudar con preguntas generales de derecho civil; incluyendo derecho de familia, empleo, vivienda, planificación patrimonial y más. No podemos ayudar con preguntas de derecho penal.

    Se requiere registro por adelantado y las citas corren de 5:30-7:30pm.

    Para obtener más información y para registrarse, mande un correo electrónico a rodrigog@deschuteslibrary.org o llame al 541-617-7057.

    Interpretación en español está disponible con aviso previo. Solicite un intérprete al registrarse o llame al 541-388-3187.

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  • Apr 14 2021

    6:00 PM - Wednesday -

    This is a live presentation. Register here for the Zoom link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zWXgqG1USzOgtLe9-PHh3Q

    Recording of program available online after April 16.

    Hear past events in Casablanca put into context for today.

    Driss Guerraoui and his family moved to the U.S. in the wake of Casablanca’s 1981 protests and unrest. Dr. Mahmood Ibrahim, Professor Emeritus of History at California State Polytechnic University, will be using the events in Casablanca to highlight aspects of Moroccan history, as a way of explaining the riots and putting them in a contemporary Moroccan context.

    Dr. Mahmood Ibrahim is Professor Emeritus of History at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona). Since 1989 he's taught courses on Islam, the Middle East and North Africa, History Methods and Historiography for undergraduate and graduate students. His special area of research is the medieval period around the Mediterranean Sea, currently researching climate conditions in medieval Damascus and a biography of Qadi Abu Bakr (1076-1148), Chief Judge of Seville for the Almoravids.

    He has been a member of the Academic Senate for many three-year terms and chaired several committees, including the Academic Programs Committee and the Faculty Affairs Committee. Recently, he chaired the General Education Committee and co/chaired the Curriculum Conversion Coordinating Committee tasked with converting Cal Poly Pomona’s academic programs and courses, including GE, from Quarter to Semester system. He also served as the Chair of the History Department for two terms from 1996-2004.

    He was born as a refugee in the West Bank town of Ramallah in 1948, immigrated to the United States in 1966 and lived in New York City where he received his BA from the City College of New York (CCNY) in 1973. Dr. Ibrahim moved to Los Angeles where he attended UCLA, receiving his MA in 1974 and his Doctorate in 1981.

    He was awarded several Fulbright and National Endowment for the Humanities grants and fellowships. He participated in several NEH Summer Seminars (Islamic Science-Columbia University; Just War and Jihad-Rutgers University; St. Francis of Assisi and his Time, Siena, Italy). He has led several student Education Abroad Programs to Morocco and a U. S. Department of Education/Fulbright Hays Grant (Fulbright GPA) to lead a six-week seminar/tour for 13 educators.
    Dr. Ibrahim taught as a visiting lecturer at UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Riverside before going to Bir Zeit University, the West Bank where he became chair of the Department of History, Geography and Political Science from 1985-1989 leading it through the first Palestinian Uprising (the Intifada). His contributions to Cal Poly Pomona and its students are recognized through several research awards and Sabbaticals, and the award of Outstanding Academic Senator as well as the George P. Hart Award for Outstanding Faculty Leadership.

    He is the author of Merchant Capital and Islam (University of Texas Press, 1991) and many other articles and book reviews. For more information visit:
    https://mahmoodibrahim.academia.edu/research *ani* *zm*

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  • Apr 15 2021

    10:00 AM - Thursday -

    Interactive storytime with songs, rhymes, and movement.
    This video will premiere live on Facebook at 10:00 a.m.; visit www.facebook.com/deschuteslibrary to tune in.” Early literacy skills to get your child ready to learn to read are the focus of these storytimes. You and your child will hear great stories while also becoming more familiar with letter sounds, rhyming, vocabulary, and print. Fun for everyone with opportunities to sing, join in on movement rhymes

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  • Apr 15 2021

    6:00 PM - Thursday -

    This is a live presentation. Register for Zoom link here https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PesDUBPcQNiC7YCsnSFgog

    A recording of this program will be available on April 22 at 6:00 p.m.

    Tom O’Keefe of Standford’s Center for Latin American Studies, explores how U.S. policies shaped current immigration crisis.

    This program is in partnership with the Latino Outreach Visioning steering group of Trinity Episcopal Church.

    Discover how the long and troubled history of U.S. military and covert interventions in Central America and failed U.S. economic assistance and climate change policies are responsible for the waves of desperate people currently fleeing El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, and why the United States has a legal and moral responsibility to admit them as refugees.

    Thomas Andrew O’Keefe, a dual national of the United States and Chile, is the President of Mercosur Consulting Group, Ltd., a legal and economic consulting firm that assists companies with their strategic business planning for South America as well as advises Latin American firms exporting to the United States. He did his undergraduate work at Columbia University, and received his J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law. In 1986, he worked for the legal departments of the Chilean Human Rights Commission and the Vicaría de la Solidaridad (the human rights office of the Archdiocese of Santiago). He also worked as an associate for a number of years at the Wall Street law firm of Carter, Ledyard & Milburn and the Boston-based Gadsby & Hannah before returning to study at the University of Oxford, where he received an M.Phil. in Latin American Studies (History and Economics) in 1992. He has taught courses on Colonial Latin America, Western Hemisphere economic integration, the political economy of the Southern Cone Countries of South America, energy and climate cooperation in the Americas, and U.S.-Latin America diplomatic history at American University, Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, and Stanford University. He served as Chair of the Western Hemisphere Area Studies Program at the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute between 2011 and 2016. During the spring 2015 semester, he also taught a seminar on International Human Rights Law at the Villanova University School of Law.

    Trinity Episcopal Church is a community of Christians who welcome diversity in theology and worldview. The Latino Outreach Visioning steering group of Trinity Episcopal Church works to grow our understanding of and connection with the Latino community. *ani* *zm*

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  • Apr 17 2021

    12:00 PM - Saturday -

    Design a Front Desk inspired key shaped bookmark. Supplies limited.

    Drop in and pick up a design a key shaped bookmark kits from any library location during business hours starting Saturday, April 17th, while supplies last.

    In Front Desk by Kelly Yang, keys play a significant role. Physically, Mia Tang has to manage the room keys, giving them out to guests, getting them back when they leave, and replacing them when they break or are lost. Keys give Mia a lot of troubles when learning how to use the key cutting machine. In the end, Mia bests the machine! Keys are also more than just a physical thing for Mia. She learns friendship, family, and justice are also keys to a happy life.

    Decorate your bookmark with what is key in your life, your favorite quotes, your favorite things or whatever inspires you. ***
    Front Desk, the award winning debut middle-grade novel by Kelly Yang tells the story of Mia Tang, who helps her parents manage a motel in Southern California as they pursue their American dream. As they navigate a system hostile to immigrants, they form a community based on trust and love.

    Kelly Yang was born in China and immigrated to America with her parents when she was six years old. She went to college at the age of 13 and law school at the age of 17. After law school, she gave up law to pursue her passion of writing and teaching children writing. She is the founder of The Kelly Yang Project, a leading writing and debating program for kids in Asia.

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  • Apr 17 2021

    1:00 PM - Saturday - * Registration Required

    A link to view this recording available online starting Saturday, April 17, 1:00 p.m. Registration closes Wednesday, April 14.

    Learn about the care and feeding of air plants as you create your own mini Joshua Tree-inspired ecosystem. *Registration is required for library-provided supplies for this program; supplies are limited.

    Terrariums filled with small plants and lovely rocks are all the rage. Learn about the care and feeding of air plants as you create your own mini Joshua-Tree-inspired ecosystem, mimicking the setting of The Other Americans. Registration is required to receive a program kit, which will be available for scheduled pick-up at your preferred library prior to the event. Limit one kit per customer. All kit materials are quarantined.

    Community Librarian Roxanne M. Renteria has worked for Deschutes Public Library since 2014, and serves the La Pine Library area. As the child of two librarians, she grew up in her local public library - sneakily taking candy from the reference desk drawer, and ensuring VHS tapes were rewound for the next customer. Roxanne began volunteering in her teens, and has worked a variety of jobs in academic and public libraries across a handful of states. She wears many hats as a rural librarian, but her favorite duties are story time, outreach and program planning. She spends her free time tackling new DIY projects.*ani* *oo*

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  • Apr 17 2021

    3:00 PM - Saturday -

    This is a live workshop. Register here for the Zoom link:
    https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcpdemgqTgvHtyNJbgyD3QhRSlXxItDifFy
    Recording of program available online after April 19th.

    Gather ingredients and cook delicious meals inspired by the book.

    Food offers a welcome sense of the home country to many characters in The Other Americans. This cooking class is a merging of flavors, much as the book is a merging of different cultures. We will be preparing Moroccan stuffed peppers with a sweet and savory filling of spiced ground beef, brown rice, currants, and mint. This is a common dish in Morocco usually made with lamb. We’ll also prepare a torta de carnitas - a favorite of Efrain’s. We will make our own version of this Mexican pulled pork sandwich with fresh guacamole, black beans, and fresh salsa.

    Here are the recipes and optional ingredient lists if you'd like to cook along with the Chef:

    - Moroccan Stuffed Peppers: https://www.deschuteslibrary.org/files/uploads/Recipe%20Moroccan%20Stuffed%20Peppers%20PDF.pdf

    - Torta De Carnitas: https://www.deschuteslibrary.org/files/uploads/Torta%20De%20Carnitas%20Recipe%20PDF.pdf

    - Braised Pork Carnitas: https://www.deschuteslibrary.org/files/uploads/Braised%20Pork%20Carnitas%20PDF.pdf

    Rose Archer has been a chef for over 25 years. Her career has taken her into some of the best kitchens in the world including Spago's in Beverly Hills and Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy. Her passion for healthy living inspired her to launch an online cooking program called True You Food where students learn to cook whole real foods through a 10 module video series. For more information visit www.trueyoufood.com

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